SRO Motorsport Group have confirmed ‘unanimous and positive’ interest for the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series in 2013, ensuring support for the series is ongoing.
SRO, organisers of the British F3 International Series, revised the scheduled British F3 calendar earlier this year by reducing it to four events for 2013 after the extended FIA European F3 Championship attracted high interest from many drivers and teams, the decision recieving the full approval of teams to protect the long-term viability of the UK series after it attracted a low number of entries for the current season.
However, the Group announced today during a special launch event at its London headquarters that it has received unanimous and positive feedback from teams based in the UK and abroad in respect of the revised format.
With this feedback offering a positive view towards the safeguarding of the series which has been an iconic stepping stone for drivers aiming at Formula 1, SROMG (the teams and the motorsport industry itself) expect healthy grids, targeting at least 15 cars per round in 2013.
Championship Manager Benjamin Franassovici addressed the situation, announcing the prolonged and continuing support for the series: “In close co-operation with our partners Cooper Tires, we are committed to safeguarding the long-term future of the series and protecting its rich heritage.
“The support we received when we made our announcement regarding the revisions to the series was overwhelming andassured us we are taking the right direction. It was important to make a decision early.
“Current British F3 teams have replied positively and all are planning to enter cars. The National Class, now also open to cars from other series in Europe has been well received. The right decisions have been made in good time to allow British F3 to continue beyond 2013. We will continue to do our best to support the series and ensure it retains its prestige as well as continuing to be seen as an essential step on the ladder to the highest levels of the sport.”
The championship’s revised calendar sees events at Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Brands Hatch and the Nurburgring, with further entries expected for the popular 24 Hours of Spa support event in July, as well as live TV coverage for three of these rounds.
2013 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series Calendar:
25/26 May – Silverstone, UK (with British GT) – LIVE TV
25/27 July – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (with 24 hours of Spa) – LIVE TV
10/11 August – Brands Hatch, UK (with British GT)
21/22 September – Nürburgring (with Blancpain Endurance Series) – LIVE TV